A gunman has shot dead three police officers who were called to a domestic incident in central France.
The officers were trying to help a woman who had fled to the roof of a house in the small village of Saint-Just early on Wednesday.
The gunman shot at the officers and set fire to the house. A fourth officer was wounded in the incident. The woman was reportedly rescued.
The suspect, 48, is said to be known to authorities on child custody issues.
The mayor of Saint-Just, François Chautard, told Le Figaro that the house had burned down and officers were trying to determine whether the suspect was still inside or had escaped.
Elite tactical police officers and firefighters remain at the scene in the village in the Puy-de-Dôme department, in France’s Massif Central mountain region.
The Clermont-Ferrand prosecutor’s office said one officer was initially shot dead and another wounded shortly after midnight, and then two more police officers were killed as they arrived at the scene.